We’re told porcelain veneers are the quick-fix route to a perfect Hollywood smile – like false fingernails, they’ll hide all manner of imperfections and giving your mouth a face-lift. That’s the good news, now let’s work through some a few problems with bad veneers that patients have experienced.
Cracked, broken, or just plain bad veneers.
Like natural teeth, a porcelain veneer is not impervious to breakage. We strongly suggest to avoid using your front teeth to:
- bite your nails
- strip wire
- tear open plastic
- serve as a bottle opener
If your veneer is broken, it needs to be removed and replaced.
Pro Tip: It’s best to replace both front veneers to ensure a color match.
Your veneer just fell off!
You just encountered delamination.
Delamination is the likely result of your dentist not properly following the manufacturer’s strict bonding agent instructions.
Big, fat, white, and chunky!
So, you decided to go with the “great deal”, place an emphasis on value over experience, and the end result of those 20 bad veneers is a HYSTERICAL patient.
If your new veneers are flat white, unnatural, chunky and fat, everything will need to be removed and replaced.
Pro Tip: Do your homework.
You’re in pain and the teeth are sensitive to cold.
In general, teeth properly prepared with good “temporaries” shouldn’t be sensitive to cold. If the sensitivity persists, or you experience worsening pain, root canal therapy might be in your future.
Black lines near the gum line.
A result of poor bonding technique, bacteria has seeped under the veneer. Another cause is an exposed tooth root. In either case, the veneer needs to be replaced.
Gray or yellow veneers
Instead of nice, pearly whites, you get a bad veneer? Most likely, it’s your dentist and the lab ceramist not communicating, because the too-thin veneer isn’t blocking out the underlying tooth color.
Solution? Veneer replacement.
Had veneers and my entire jaw hurts
First and foremost, your bite should have been evaluated, as function dictates esthetics! Improperly designed veneers can lead to clenching and grinding and affect your speech.
What’s the bottom line?
If you’re in the market for veneers:
- Don’t let cost be the driving factor.
- Find a cosmetic dentist with lots of experience.
- Check for photos of his work, look for reviews, and ask to speak with other patients.
Visit our veneer gallery for more before/after photos.
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